Warren is 'leading' Dem field in calling for impeachment proceedings, pollster says

Democratic pollster Pia Nargundkar said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump defense pick expected to face tense confirmation 2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE (D-Mass.) is leading the Democratic field in calling on the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE

"I think her leading on this impeachment issue is just another case of her thoughtfully thinking through things, and being willing to take a stand where other candidates have been a little more wishy-washy," Nargundkar, a senior associate at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Wednesday.

Warren last week became the first Democratic White House candidate to say the House should begin impeachment proceedings, and was soon followed by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.), former Rep. Julián Castro (D-Texas) and Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamBiden retains large lead over Sanders, other 2020 Dems in new Hill-HarrisX poll Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE (D), the mayor of Miramar, Fla.

"I wouldn't consider it desperate. I would consider it breaking out of the pack," Nargundkar said. 

However, on Capitol Hill, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.) and Democratic leadership tried to rein in their members on the issue, saying during a conference call Monday that the move could be seen as a rush to judgment and could galvanize Trump's supporters. 

Still, Democratic leaders have not completely ruled out impeachment.
 
"I do believe that impeachment is one of the most divisive forces, paths that we could go down to in our country. But if the facts, the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice. But we're not there yet," Pelosi said at the Time 100 Summit on Tuesday.

— Julia Manchester